Electrolysis is the ultimate way of removing hair, including fine and light hair. It guarantees long lasting hair removal by targeting every individual hair follicle and is perfect for targeting fuzzy patches of vellus hair. It can be used all over the body, and is gentle enough to treat the delicate areas of the face.
What is electrolysis?
Electrolysis for hair removal is the process of damaging the hair growing environment with electromagnetic wavelengths. These waves are electrically charged and are delivered through an ultra-fine probe. The current then flows through each individual hair follicle to damage it. It is a similar process to laser hair removal, but instead of emitting laser light, it emits small electrical currents.
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Pre-treatment advice and aftercare
Before any advanced electrolysis treatment, you will always have a consultation with one of our expert clinicians. During this consultation, they will describe – in detail – every step of the treatment: the risks, the benefits – everything you need to know. This is also an opportunity for you to get to know your practitioner, express any concerns and clarify your expectations of your electrolysis treatment. Be assured though, we will be there for you every step of the way!
Here’s some initial information to know beforehand:
In the weeks before the treatment, it is advised to not shave, wax or remove any of your unwanted hair. For electrolysis to work, the hair follicles need to be protruding out of the epidermis. It is also advised to discontinue the use of active skincare ingredients (like retinol, salicylic, glycolic and hyaluronic acids) on the treatment areas as this opens up the possibility of reactions and irritations.
Before and after your treatment, please do not expose the unwanted hair to the sun. UV damage increases the skin’s sensitivity and decreases its reliance which can result in discolouration (known as hypopigmentation).
After your treatment, your practitioner will create for you a unique, market-leading aftercare plan. This will include post-treatment advice, product recommendations to protect and speed up the healing process (like witch-hazel, SPF and arnica) and all the necessary information regarding what happens next. Please avoid picking or touching the treated area as this can lead to unpleasant infections and scabbing.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Electrolysis is known for guaranteeing long lasting hair removal, and has higher effectiveness compared to laser hair removal. Guaranteed hair removal by electrolysis is achieved due to its reductionist approach, where it focuses solely on removing each individual hair. This may sound like a time consuming process but a session can last anywhere between 15 – 60 minutes – depending on the area.
Other benefits of electrolysis are:
- It’s suitable for fine, red, blonde and grey hair, which makes it a popular alternative to laser hair removal which is ineffective on these hair types
- It can be used on most parts of the body and face
- Electrolysis for facial hair is extremely popular too, where face electrolysis treatment can target dark upper lip, stubborn chin and light vellus hair.
- Is suitable on all skin tones, sensitive skin and the risks of adverse reactions are low
Electrolysis is extremely effective and is recognised by the FDA as a permanent hair removal method. Once the hair follicle is lastingly disrupted, you can expect long lasting, hair free skin.
A typical course can vary from individual to individual, where factors like density and area largely impact the amount of sessions you require. We usually recommend 3 – 12 sessions of electrolysis and these sessions have to be spread out in order to target the hair when it is actively growing and present on the skin.
Your clinician will confirm the recommended amount of sessions based on your unwanted body hair, however, it is up to you how many you want.
Electrolysis and laser hair removal are two forms of lasting hair removal. In this respect they remain under the same umbrella of professional hair removal treatments. They are, however, different treatments that employ different technologies. Electrolysis uses electrical waves to completely change how the hair grows, whereas laser hair removal uses multiple light wavelengths which absorb pigmentation to eventually stunt hair regrowth.
Electricity is the type of energy electrolysis employs. It removes hair by sending a short, electrically-charged radio wave into the hair follicle that causes localised damage to the hair growing environment.
No, please don’t shave before your treatment. As the hair needs to be visible to be treated on, if you shave before your electrolysis appointment it will delay your hair-free process as you will have to come back when the hair has regrown.
Yes! This is the biggest benefit of electrolysis: it is inclusive of all hair and skin types! As electrolysis targets every strand of hair, it is even effective in removing those lighter blonde hairs on the face and body.
Generally we avoid treating pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding as the effect electrolysis may have on the foetus has not been researched enough. We are happy to treat mothers, but only when there is no risk of harming the baby (e.g once they are weaned off breast milk).
Electrolysis hair removal cost starts from £41 and although it is more expensive than laser hair removal, it is more cost effective as electrolysis has a higher success rate of permanently removing hair.
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